Should we form universalist congregations?


#194

I am an Anglo-Orthodox Traditionalist (AKA Anglo-Catholic and Continuing Anglican movement, with an Eastern Orthodox twist). That’s the one I like. In the words of Wiki: :smiley:


#195

Holy Fool, a few questions for you:

  1. Do you attend a Continuing Anglican parish? Are these parishes very easy to find, or are they somewhat rare?

  2. What are your beliefs regarding the veneration of the Theotokos, the saints, and the orders of angels?


#196

Do you guys have any Anglo Continuing resources, like a list of churches?


#197

Wasn’t it a Congregational church that George MacDonald used to attend, and from which he was forced to resign as pastor by lowering his salary to the point that he could not live from it?


#198

Yes. The Anglican Church I go to, is under the umbrella of The Anglican Church in North America. Their website is anglicanchurch.net/ and there is a link, to find a church. You can find more about them on Wiki at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anglican_Church_in_North_America.


#199

Yes. Later in life he attended the Anglican Church.


#200

Well a 3 hour drive is a bit much every Sunday morning, dagnab it.


#201

Are Anglicans and Episcopalians okay with universalists worshipping with them?


#202

The Episcopalians, being more liberal (i.e. gay rights, etc.), probably won’t care. Anglicans in the containing Anglican movement, might be a bit more sensitive. Although if you devote time, to show you believe in and follow, historical Anglican creeds and beliefs - they might let it pass. The best thing is not to mention it. I’ve never been asked at any service (Anglican, Lutheran, etc.), to share my beliefs.

I call it the “Universalists, don’t ask - don’t tell” policy. :laughing:


#203

As I told Randy in PM, I went to my first ELCA service today. Loved it. Plus the fact that it’s not far from my house helps. :slight_smile:


#204

Sad news. Today it was announced that the ELCA church I’ve been attending the last couple weeks will begin promoting itself as pro-LGBT. :frowning:

I’m starting to think forming universalist congregations might be a good idea. In my search for a spiritual home, I’ve found conservative churches, which have a high regard for scripture, but are exclusivist and/or fundamentalist; and liberal churches, which welcome all Christians to the Communion table, but do not have a high regard for scripture.


#205

I sincerely feel bad for western Christians, having to deal with Hell nonsense on the one hand or LGBTQQIP2SAA nonsense on the other. If that were my choice, I would simply stay home on Sunday mornings rather than subject myself to such things.


#206

I had to google that acronym. I am, like, SO behind the curve… :laughing:


#207

Another one is LGBTTQQFAGPBDSM.

I suspect that they are just getting started. Give it a few years and they’ll look something like LGBTTQQFAGPBDSMASDLKFJDEWAFJEOWNVOIAWINUNCIUWEAUHTIUBBHBWAEHFBEWHJFBWEBFYEWAFEWFBEWANMBJWEFWE.

:laughing:


#208

Acronyphobia
The irrational fear of acronyms. One might have been in a very confusing conversation, not knowing what they were being told because of the excessive use of acronyms. When they hear an acronym, or see one, they have similar panic attacks and feelings to that of other phobias.
Dude, I’ve got Acronyphobia. I can’t bear to hear or see an acronym, and just talking about it makes me shudder. - the Urban Dictionary

Yep, that’s me :laughing:


#209

Here’s a trivia fact about acronyms at:

Which is the longest acronym in use?


#210

So you don’t accept ROTFLBTCDICAJTTWADBSIHPWTRHITSBKABAYB as the longest English acronym according to the Urban Dictionary.

It is an acronym for “Rolling on the floor laughing biting the carpet dancing in circles and jumping through the window almost dying by smashing into HP who’s then running horrified into the street being killed accidentally by a yellow bulldozer.”

By the way, years ago, I wondered why there was not a word to describe a vacillating object whose vacillation accelerates until it stops. I’m sure you’ve seen that happen. So I coined the word “wangulate”:

I contributed this word and definition to an urban dictionary on the internet, and it spread to slang dictionaries all over the world. Later, I discovered that the word was already in existence with a crude meaning. However,at one time there were around a dozen dictionaries world-wide that contained my definition. At the present time, I can find only three:

slovar-vocab.com/english/slang-vocabulary/wangulate-6489440.html

johnscabin.com/slang/W.html

talk.patoghu.com/

Unfortunately, though the word supposedly entered the third dictionary on June 13, 2010, when I went to the site, I could not actually find the word. It appears to be a dictionary from India, and there must be a way of searching it of which I am not aware.


#211

You know, if you like this church and the folks there, and are comfortable, why not hang with it a while… See what happens. And it is close to you. Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water :laughing: You might never have to deal with the issue. Hard to say. And if so your voice could mean something. And you could become a game changer. God may have big things in store for you! :smiley:

I’ll be prayin for ya.
Chad


#212

From my understanding, while ELCA allows a pro-Gay marriage, etc, each individual church, congregation and clergy, are free to implement their own policies - regarding it. I do know ELCA Lutherans, who are really quite conservative.


#213

There are a few phrases that are red flags for me when I check out a new church. “Inclusive”, “open-minded”, and “diverse” usually = pro-LGBT. “Bible-believing” and “inerrant” usually = fundamentalist.